The New York Times reported this week that PBS is looking into the possibility of establishing a digital channel in Great Britain.
The initiative, which partly is meant to make money for PBS, is being led by PBSd, which sells PBS programming to home video, foreign and commercial markets. PBSd is a joint venture of PBS and WGBH, the Boston public broadcaster that produces PBS programs including “Nova” and “Frontline.”
W. David Lyons, chairman and chief executive of the Orca Exploration Group, which operates a Tanzanian natural gas field, is backing the PBS UK project financially. PBS described him as “a Canadian-born entrepreneur and venture philanthropist” who “grew up on PBS programming and is interested in bringing such content to the U.K.”
If the channel does launch in the fall, as hoped, viewers in Britain who can’t get enough of the left-wing bias of the BBC will be able to add some liberal bias, American style, courtesy of PBS.
It sounds like a match made in heaven.